The Communist Party is set to hold two high profile Unemployment Fightback events on 29 May and a week later on 5 June featuring speakers from across the labour movement.
Unemployment has risen by over a million during the pandemic and millions more, disproportionately the young, women and minorities, are expected, as furlough ends. There is obviously a need to build a movement to challenge unemployment and to go further, to demand investment in future well-paid jobs and apprenticeships. Class unity and workplace organisation will be necessary to build this movement which will also need to take on underemployment, job insecurity and the gig economy with its zero hour contracts.
Welsh Communists have issued a statement calling for new powers for the Welsh Parliament to strengthen the rights of trade unionists to organise and to combat poverty pay. The Communist Party is running its biggest electoral campaign this year since the 1980’s across Britain, with candidates in every Welsh regional list seat.
The Communist Party has called for solidarity with trade unionists across Britain who are preparing for a wave of industrial action. Speaking to the party’s Political Committee on Wednesday evening (14 April 2021), Andy Bain praised the determination of British Gas employees, London hospital staff and bus drivers, ScotRail and Scottish local council workers, prison education staff, Swansea civil servants, Bristol water workers, Liverpool lecturers and others to defend pay, conditions and health and safety standards at work.
Last Monday saw voting end in an election to unionize Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. As the vote count begins, many have their eyes set on what may be a major milestone for the U.S. labour movement.
A Sheffield teacher and activist in the National Union of Teachers, Frances Moore (1906 – 1994) was married to Bill Moore, who was a fulltime worker for the Communist Party. Although Frances’ busy life left with little time to write in her younger days, later on she produced a substantial body of poetry, some of which was published. The poem featured here is a tribute to the strength of collective action and duty of trade union struggle – and the example of the famous UCS Work In.